The Best New Amazon Releases: Stop Making Sense

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The new releases in gaming may have slowed down, but there’s an extra helping of sales to make up for it…

Not sure what your Thanksgiving plans are – passing out in a food coma, arguing with your racist uncle, playing video games while ignoring extended family, or training to bash someone over the head during a Black Friday sale. Whatever you do, I hope your time is a happy one, because things are going swimmingly for LT. Cool dude Brett Elston has officially joined the team and the Laser Time Patreon is doing better than ever. I can’t say the same for Amazon’s new releases though. After all the splashy launches last week, things are pretty slim, especially with games. Still, there are some impressive sales going on, so it’s not a complete bust. Check it all out below, and remember, anything you buy via our links to Amazon helps support all of us at no extra cost to you! Here’s what’s coming this Turkey Day…

WRC 5
So it’s come to this… Despite being the fifth game in the series, this has to be the first time I’ve heard of World Rally Championship. Though I blame myself for that – I like arcade racers more than sims, and I prefer boring sims to even more boring rally games. WRC 5 hit Europe some days ago to average reviews, and now the speedy time trials are coming stateside at a time even fewer are likely to notice it. Then again, with WRC 5 being the biggest release of a slim week, that earned it a little free publicity here, so maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea.

Let’s Sing 2016 (With Microphone)
There are few things I enjoy more than a night of karaoke with pals, but I’ve never really been one for karaoke games over a traditional private room or bar night. Maybe the newest edition of Let’s Sing will change my mind. From publisher Maximum Games, this year’s version comes with a mic plus… 35 songs?!? Is it just me, or does that sound like a REALLY small collection of songs? That’ll last like 30 hours tops! Artists include Sia, John Legend, and Maroon 5, and the fact that I’m even writing about this game tells you how few games are out this week.

That’s seriously it for new games this week! However, there are some good sales at the moment! Including Dark Souls II PS4/Xbox One for $20, Xbox One with Kinect for $400, and Guitar Hero Live for $65!

Ricki and the Flash
You may pretend to not like the work of Diablo Cody, but I don’t believe it. Young Adult and Juno still hold up really well, and Meryl Streep is the greatest in basically everything she does, even when doing an impression of Stevie Nicks. When playing an aging rock goddess who tries her best to be a mom at the same time. Maybe it’s just me getting older, but I watched the trailer for this with my own mother and got a little misty-eyed. Why not grab this and watch it with your own parent over the holidays?

Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
This is bar-none my favorite concert film of all time. Filmed like no live concert before it, this was just the type of strange, artistic approach that Talking Heads deserves. This 1983 masterpiece by the band and Jonathan Demme is a must watch for any fan of music, Talking Heads, people who sing to lamps, and oversized suits. When I worked at a video store, I put this one on all the TV all the time – it’s great background music, and reminded the older customers of when they saw David Byrne live in the ’80s.

Shaun the Sheep Movie
I’ve been an Aardman animation fan for decades, but this adventure, and really the entire Shaun The Sheep series has been a cultural blind spot for me. Probably because I simply got too old to pay attention to any Aardman work that isn’t a new Wallace & Gromit short. Reviews for Shaun’s big screen adventure were pretty strong, and at a busy time of the year like this one, perhaps you should pick this up to watch with the family – or at the very least, to distract any annoying relatives under the age 10.

Ikiru (The Criterion Collection)
If you’re even a slight film snob (like the former video store clerk writing all this), you’ve probably seen some of Akira Kurosawa’s incredible samurai films like Yojimbo and Rashomon. However, you may have skimped on his stuff set in the present day, even though movies like Ikiru are no less essential. Meaning “To Live,” this 1952 film is about an aging businessman finding happiness in life just as his is about to end from stomach cancer. Takashi Shimura is the star and one of Kurosawa’s favorite actors, doing the best work of his career in this classic. Now that Criterion has given it the HD treatment, it’s way past time for you to jump on the bandwagon.

The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films
Did you stay up late watching MTV in the ’90s, waiting to see the fucked up cartoons that they’d only show after 10pm? You know, like the Tool videos that looked like the fever dreams of a mental patient? Well, several of the weirdest ones were directed by the Quay Brothers, a pair of animators that have been making nightmare fuel for a long time. This is the HD collection of their many short films, sure to freak out all your millennial friends! Perfect viewing for any holiday party.

Miyazaki fans should not miss this one!

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki is the most celebrated animator of the last 50 years, and for good reason. Films like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke are some of the most fully realized worlds ever shown in theaters, capturing the hearts of people from just about every age and part of the planet. Now that he’s retired, Amazon has an exquisite looking special collection of every feature length film Miyazaki directed all in one box set. Plus, there are some fantastic bonuses as well that will likely justify the price. Out this November, this looks like a great gift for those you love most.

Simpsons DVD Sale!

Hey Talking Simpsons listeners! If you still don’t own the seasons on DVD, correct that with this Amazon sale! $13.49 apiece!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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